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Medical Assistant, Panola College

Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate

The Medical Administrative Assistance / Secretary Program prepares students to work in a variety of healthcare offices as receptionist, coder, billing specialist, or other front office position. This is a two-semester certificate program.

The earnings of medical assistants vary, depending on their experience, skill level, and location. Median annual wages of wage-and-salary medical assistants were $28,300 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $23,700 and $33,050. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,600, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $39,570. Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of medical assistants in May 2008 were:

General medical and surgical hospitals - $29,720
Colleges, universities, and professional schools - $28,820
Offices of physicians - $28,710
Outpatient care centers - $28,570
Offices of other health practitioners - $25,240

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